IRS Web Site Wins National Award

If you've been impressed with the new look of the Internal Revenue Service's Web site at www.irs.gov, you're not alone. The site, which has received more than 2 billion hits since last October, will receive the Pioneer Award from e-Gov later this month. The Pioneer Award recognizes innovative approaches to improving products and services.

The e-Gov exposition is being held in Washington D.C. on June 24 through 27, and the event will feature a best-practice briefing and an information kiosk hosted by the IRS. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the event, and Tom Ridge, director of the Office of Homeland Security, will speak at the awards luncheon.

"Although we are glad IRS.gov is receiving this recognition, we will continue working to make the site easier to use. The redesign of IRS.gov was the first step toward making it better for both taxpayers and tax preparers. IRS.gov will continue to evolve and new features will be added," said Charles O. Rossotti, IRS commissioner.

The IRS Web site contains more than 90,000 pages of content. In one 24-hour period, on April 15 of this year, the site had more than 78 million hits.

Other Web sites winning the Pioneer award include the FBI site, the U.S. Government's FirstGov site, and the U.S. Small Business Administration's BusinessLaw.gov site.

In addition to the Pioneer awards, e-Gov will present Explorers and Trailblazers awards. All of the awards highlight federal, state, local, and international government programs that have successfully implemented user-friendly online initiatives. You can read a complete list of award winners with links to the winning Web sites.

E-Gov draws on a faculty of more than 500 nationally-recognized authorities to lead six annual E-Gov conferences which showcase products and services dedicated to public sector Electronic Government initiatives. E-Gov events attempt to bring together public sector and industry partners to identify opportunities, create innovative solutions, and implement effective online service delivery for citizens. All conference attendees are eligible to participate in a free professional education program.

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